Does God wear us away? 

Old Testament: Job 14.18–19

To read the Bible in a year, read Job 13–15 on June 28, In the year of our Lord Christ 2022

By Don Ruhl 

Job did not understand his suffering, and that caused him to question God, and to say to God what he thought God was doing, such as here: 

“But as a mountain falls and crumbles away,
And as a rock is moved from its place;
As water wears away stones,
And as torrents wash away the soil of the earth;
So You destroy the hope of man.”

– Job 14.18–19 

The poor man had lost everything, and knowing that God was in control, he questioned what God was doing. 

He wanted to let God know that he was slowly making Job fade away, illustrating it with soil erosion and the effects of moving water on stones, so that even as those wear away, so God was wearing away Job’s hope. 

If you have ever felt that way, remember what Job did, how he continued to trust God and was patient until he saw his hope revived. 


  • How long does it take for water to wear away stones? 
  • How long might it be before God revives your hope? 

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Don preaches with the Savage Street Church of Christ in Grants Pass, Oregon. 

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